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- DescriptionIn considering medieval illustrated Buddhist manuscripts as sacred objects of cultic invation, Receptacle of the Sacred explores how and why the South Asian Buddhist book-cult has survived for almost two millennia to the present. A book manuscript should be understood as a form of sacred space: a temple in microcosm, t only imbued with divine presence but also layered with the memories of many generations of users. Jinah Kim argues that illustrating a manuscript with Buddhist imagery t only empowered it as a three-dimensional sacred object, but also made it a suitable tool for the spiritual transformation of medieval Indian practitioners. Through a detailed historical analysis of Sanskrit colophons on patronage, production, and use of illustrated manuscripts, she suggests that while Buddhism's disappearance in eastern India was a slow and gradual process, the Buddhist book-cult played an important role in sustaining its identity. In addition, by examining the physical traces left by later Nepalese users and the contemporary ritual use of the book in Nepal, Kim shows how human agency was critical in perpetuating and intensifying the potency of a manuscript as a sacred object throughout time.
- Author BiographyJinah Kim is Assistant Professor of History of Art & Architecture at Harvard University.
- Author(s)Jinah Kim
- PublisherUniversity of California Press
- Date of Publication19/04/2013
- SubjectHandicrafts, Arts & Crafts
- Series TitleSouth Asia Across the Disciplines
- Place of PublicationBerkerley
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of California Press
- Content Note50 b/w photographs, 12 line illustrations, 2 tables
- Weight522 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine25 mm
- Format DetailsCloth over boards
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